Ex-Gopher Durrell Clark-James is at Delaware

Durrell Clark-James, a 6-foot, 207-pound cornerback who signed with Minnesota in December but left the team after being suspended from participating in spring practice, has landed at Delaware, according to the Delaware News Journal. Clark-James spent two years at City College of San Francisco.

Durrell Clark-James signed with Minnesota after the 2006 season, when his six interceptions and 26 solo tackles led the team and sparked CCSF to a 9-1 record.

Clark-James claimed the coaching change from Glen Mason to Tim Brewster was a big factor in his leaving Minnesota.

"I was shocked," Clark-James said when he heard of the firing. "[Mason] was one of the main reasons I went out there. ... My worst fears came true. When I got there, everything was still set for me. I started off second-string. But it wasn't a good situation. [The new coaches] were focused on rebuilding by bringing other players in."

Clark-James considered attending Alabama, which did not have a scholarship available, before several acquaintances suggested Delaware, including former CCSF teammate Julian James, a defensive tackle who recently entered UD. Clark-James visited last weekend.

"I knew I could see myself going there once I talked to coach [K.C.] Keeler and [defensive coordinator Nick] Rapone, who seemed like a real straight-forward guy," said Clark-James, 22, and the father of sons Davon, 3, and Darius, 1. "I spent some time with [defensive end] Ron Talley, and he seems to think we can do big things.

"I'm really excited about it. Talking to guys like Ron and [quarterback] Joe Flacco, they seemed really upbeat. They say they're stacked on offense, and all they need is the defense to hold up their end."

The Blue Hens open the season Aug. 30 at William & Mary.

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